Morning Brew: Body parts victim identified, no driver for Ford, the mayor wants a fountain, mapping Dieppe Raid dead, remembering Jack, and Disneyland Toronto
Police have identified the body parts found in the Credit River and Highland Creek last week as belonging to Hua Guang Liu, a 41-year-old mother of three. Liu, the owner and operator of a Scarborough spa, had been missing since August 10 and her death is being treated as homicide. Dismembered body parts belonging to the holistic practitioner were found in two locations in the GTA.
Rob Ford says he's not prepared to hire a driver because, apparently, protecting the public from his vehicular antics would be a waste of tax payers' money. Last week, the mayor was photographed reading at the wheel of his SUV. Ford later claimed the risky behavior was symptomatic of his busy schedule. You know what's cheaper than a driver? A taxi, or, heaven forbid, the TTC.
Also in Ford, the mayor says he wants an outdoor fountain for Nathan Phillips Square like one he saw in Edmonton on a recent trip. Just so we're clear, revitalizing the square is gravy but putting in a fountain is totally fine.
Sunday marked a sombre anniversary - 70 years since the disastrous second world war Dieppe Raid in which 129 soldiers from Toronto were killed on the French shoreline. Patrick Cain, the senior web coordinator at globalnews.ca, has mapped the local fallen soldiers using their home address.
Today marks one year since the death of NDP leader and former Toronto councillor Jack Layton. A family-friendly concert is planned for Nathan Phillips Square this afternoon that will feature Jason Collett, Ron Sexsmith and Raffi and talks by his widow, NDP MP Olivia Chow, and son, councillor Mike Layton. Yesterday, a bust of Layton was unveiled at Necropolis Cemetery in Riverdale where his family will bury his ashes.
Suzie McNeil, the Juno-nominated singer of the "everyone loves Marineland" jingle who wants the catchy ditty pulled from the airwaves, once roomed with Toronto councillor Michelle Berardinetti. Small world.
Finally, should Disney buy Canada's Wonderland and turn it into Disneyland North? That's the idea being floated by Mike Bastoli of The Disney Blog, an popular unofficial Disney fan site. Bastoli goes into detail about his idea and even suggests how the attraction might capture American visitors. What do you think - is it a good idea? Bonus points for a hilarious name for Disneyland Toronto in the comment section.
Because why not, here's a vintage advert for Disneyland.
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